LECLLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — The Mississippi River stretches for approximately 2,400 kilometers. It takes around 90 days for a drop of water to travel from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. A lady on a paddle board, on the other hand, is looking at a three-month expedition.
Mississippi River Canoe Routes are considered some of the best paddling in the world. There are more than 800 miles of accessible river trail in four states: Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. No one has ever completed the entire journey, but many people take sections of the route over different timescales.
For example, it takes about five days to canoe the first 100 miles of the river from St. Louis to its source near Ely, Minnesota. From there, you can extend your trip up to two months by following the river west toward Omaha, Nebraska, and east toward Cairo, Illinois. From either end, you can pick up the remaining portion of the route into Louisiana.
The Mississippi River runs through five countries - United States, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy. It is the longest river in North America. At 3,339 kilometers (2,136 miles), it is also the largest. The next largest river is the Amazon with 2,869 km (1,814 mi).
The Mississippi River flows into the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans, Louisiana.
2,350 kilometers The Mississippi River flows 2,350 miles from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, making it the world's fourth longest river. The river travels through valleys, bluffs, grasslands, and woods in Minnesota, with varying flow rates and widths. It is joined by more than 1,000 smaller streams and rivers, including the Missouri River. The Mississippi River Basin covers 8% of the United States and accounts for 4% of the nation's annual rainfall.
The current rate of water loss from the Mississippi River is about 2.5 billion gallons per day - or about 0.00005 inch per second. If the river stopped flowing now, there would be a large area of land that was susceptible to flooding. The reason for this is because the flood control system along the river is based on releases from reservoirs which require water to be released so other areas can be flooded when necessary. Without these releases, large areas of farmland and forest would be submerged.
There are several factors that affect the rate of water loss from the river, such as climate change, precipitation, and urban development. Climate change will cause temperatures across the Midwest region to increase, which will lead to more evaporation from the river. This is important because almost all of the water lost from the river is due to evaporation.
The Mississippi River is famous for its enormous, paddle wheel-propelled steamboats. The Mississippi River is more than seven miles (eleven kilometers) wide at its broadest point. It takes 90 days for a drop of water to cross the whole length of the Mississippi River.
In addition to being one of the largest rivers in the United States, the Mississippi River is also famous for its role in shaping the American landscape. The river's current path through lowlands and across plains was determined by the forces that created North America. In its journey from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi has carved out great chasms, such as the Grand Canyon, and shaped large areas into fertile farmland.
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It is believed that an average of more than one million tons of sediment flows down the Mississippi River every day. This makes the Mississippi River the single most important agent contributing to the growth and development of the Delta Region of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
The Mississippi River is known as the "mother of cities". Before the advent of railroads, canals, and highways, boats were the only means of transportation across nations and states, causing them to develop into major cities. Today, several large cities on the Mississippi River include Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; St. Louis, Missouri; and Memphis, Tennessee.
The Mississippi River is North America's third-longest river. It runs 2,350 miles from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico, passing through the heart of the United States. The river moves at a speed of 1.2 miles per hour on average. That's about as fast as a walking person could walk along the entire length of the river.
The current rate of flow of the Mississippi River is about 1.5 million acre-feet (a million cubic meters) per year. That's enough water for approximately 15 million people for a year. Of this amount, 2 million acre-feet comes from snowmelt in the Rocky Mountains and Canadian forests, while the remaining 13 million acre-foot comes from rainfall in its main watershed, the South Central United States. The Mississippi drains an area of over 80,000 square miles, or 2% of the continent of North America.
In terms of distance, the Mississippi River is second only to the Amazon as the longest river in the world. It is also the most ecologically significant river in the United States, as well as one of the most important rivers for wildlife in North America. A total of 18 different species of fish are found in the Mississippi River system, including white bass, bream, freshwater drum, and black bass.
The Mississippi River has been important for transportation as well as commerce.
Send in your own river images! The Mississippi River flows 2,350 miles from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, making it the world's fourth longest river. In Minnesota, the river passes through five counties and has a total length of 63 miles. The Missouri River is the largest tributary, with its source near Alberta, Canada, and flowing into Montana about 200 miles south of Great Falls.
The Mississippi River has been important to Minnesota since its discovery by French explorers in 1682. They named it Rivière de l'Ouest (River West of Fort Saint Louis) because they thought it was the main river coming out of North America. Later French settlers added their own names to the river, including Le Grand Rouge (the Big Red River), which is now part of U.S. Highway 53 between St. Paul and Minneapolis/St. Louis.
The first known white person to explore portions of the present-day Mississippi River was Jean Baptiste Bissot, an employee of the French colony of Louisiana who traveled up the Ohio River in 1719. In 1836, Lewis and Clark passed through what is now Minnesota on their return trip from the Pacific Ocean to Washington, D.C., after completing the first expedition across America.